Sandy Gem shines in final

David Braithwaite

SANDY Gem won the 440 metre mixed grade six and seven final during Sunday night’s Sale greyhounds meet.

The dog, trained at Rosedale by John Connor, held off a strongfinishing West Of Westeros, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale, to win by just 0.9 of a second.

Stopping the clock at 24.82s, Sandy Gem has won three of his four starts.

In third place was Pyrocumulus, trained by Ashlee Terry at Nilma North, with Omega Cimarron fourth for Seaspray trainer Barry Harper.

The night’s other final, the 520m grade five, was taken out by Lots Of Chatter, trained by Graeme Jose at Catani, in 29.6s.

The heats of the 440m grade five series were also held, with the final this Sunday.

Sweet Demi, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, was the fastest heat winner, claiming the first in 24.85s.

Also flying the flag for the locals in the final will be Airly Pablo, who won the second heat in 25.22s for Sale trainer Lesley Russell.

The third heat was won by Rocket Boy (24.78s) for Lisa Delbridge at Balliang.

Barrabooka, trained by Des Douch at Maffra, won the race two 440m maiden in 25.36s, ahead of Rosedale dogs Campanita, trained by Carolyn Jones, and General Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell.

The highest-priced winner came in race three, the 440m grade seven, with $23.60 chance Finlaystone (25.47s) claiming victory for Nambrok trainer Gary McMillan.

Having won at Healesville on Friday, the dog entered Sunday’s race as a reserve and won ahead of favourite Dr Lynch, trained by McMahon.

McMillan’s Clan McMillan, which was a $49.20 chance, narrowly gained third place.

With two second placings and a third from her previous three starts, Speed Bella (29.68s) won race five, a 520m event restricted to dogs with one to three wins, for Leslie Hughes at Giffard. In second placed was Bobby Bean Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell.

Flywheel Bella, coming off four straight second placings, won race seven, a 440m free for all, for Gormandale trainer Sam Bye in 24.98s, followed by three McMahon runners, Inuka, Dr Knuckles and Kasey Anne.

Dani Thrills, trained by Matt Clark at Briagolong, won race eight, the 520m mixed grade four and five, in 29.35s, a length ahead of Zipping Hamish, trained by Carolyn Jones.

Our Katie Rose (25.22s) claimed race nine, the 440m mixed grade six and seven, just her second victory in 14 starts.

The dog, trained by Jeff Chignell at Rosedale, was rewarded for her inside line, holding off a challenge from Big Coin Buddy, trained by Pasqualino Romagnino at Moe.

The night began with Nifty Nelly (25.12s), trained by Billy Stockdale at Hastings, winning a 440m maiden ahead of Battle Symphony, trained by Matt Clark.

Greyhound racing is scheduled to return to Sale on Wednesday for a day meeting.

CATCH The Thief won his first greyhound race since his winning run in Perth, to qualify for Saturday’s group three Warragul St Leger final.

Trained at Briagolong by Matt Clark, the dog won all five of his races in the west, including the group two WA Derby, but wasn’t able to replicate that success in his next three runs, at group one level.

On Friday night, Catch The Thief won his St Leger heat in 26.62 second, almost two and a half lengths ahead of Weblec Jet.

The winner of Saturday night’s final will receive $25,000.

Nambrok trainer Lyn Smith had three winners at Warragul on Friday night.

Earn The Magic won the first heat of the 460m Simon Benson Memorial, before Smith ended the night with two victories.

Celebrity won the 400m race restricted to dogs with one to three wins, then Podium won the 400m grade five by 7.4 seconds.

Annie Rose, trained by Sharon-Lee Chignell at Rosedale, won the 400m mixed grade four and five.

EILISH produced back-to-back wins at Sandown Park for Maffra greyhound trainer Des Douch.

Four days after winning at the same track, Eilish won the final race on Thursday night, the 515 metre grade five.

The $2.90 favourite and Speedy Jack avoided trouble on the first bend, setting up a match race. Eilish held off her challenger to win by a length in 29.73 seconds.

From 11 starts, Eilish has four wins.

Panda Rose finished third for Rosedale trainer Sharon-Lee Chignell.

Two locally-trained dogs finished in the placings in race seven, the 515m grace four.

Omega Gringo, trained by Barry Harper at Seaspray, and Kingfisher Rose, trained by Jeff Chignell at Rosedale, finished second and third respectively. Involved in collisions early, both recovered, but couldn’t catch the winner, Yindi Girl Turbo.